Umbwe 6 Day via Western Breach Route

Day 1: PRE-CLIMB ORIENTATION
After a leisurely breakfast, you will meet your Mountain Guides and group leaders where they will discuss the climb program, mountaineering and group expectations, hazards on the mountain, sickness prevention, etc.  The guides will also answer any questions you may have about the climb.  They will also do an equipment and gear check on each climber to make sure you are prepared and have everything you need for the climb.  After pre-climb orientation the day is yours to relax and get well rested before beginning the climb tomorrow. 
Overnight: At a lodge in Arusha
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 2:  DRIVE FROM ARUSHA TO THE UMBWE TRAILHEAD
(Day 1 on Mountain)
After breakfast, your driver and mountain guide will pick you up and drive you to the Umbwe Gate where you will check in and register.  You will begin your hike at the Umbwe trailhead, enjoy lunch on the trail, before continuing your hike to Umbwe Cave Camp for overnight.
Starting Elevation: 5,249 ft (1,600m)
Ending Elevation: 9,514 ft (2,900m)
Distance Hiked: 7 miles (11 km)
Approximate Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3:  HIKE FROM UMBWE CAVE CAMP TO BARANCO CAMP
(Day 2 on Mountain)
After breakfast, you will begin your day on the trail on a very steep path and a short scramble over and around rocks. You will be hiking through the Rainforest before entering into the Upper Moorlands as you make your way to Baranco Camp.
Starting Elevation: 9,514 ft (2,900m)
Ending Elevation: 12,795 ft (3,900m)
Distance Hiked: 4 miles (6 km)
Approximate Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4:  HIKE FROM BARANCO CAMP TO ARROW GLACIER
(Day 3 on Mountain)
After breakfast, you will continue hiking through the Upper Moorlands and into the alpine desert as you make your way to Lava Tower (15,092 ft/4,600m) for lunch.  Continuing your hike to the base of the Western Breach route at Arrow Glacier Camp.
Starting Elevation: 12,795 ft (3,900m)
Ending Elevation: 16,086 ft (4,903m)
Distance Hiked: 5 miles (8 km)
Approximate Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5:  HIKE FROM ARROW GLACIER TO THE CRATER CAMP
(Day 4 on Mountain)
After a very early breakfast, you will begin your ascent up the mountain winding you way up through the Western Breach non-technical climbing route arriving at The Crater Camp for lunch.  After lunch you will have the option to hike and explore the inner crater and ash pit.
Starting Elevation: 16,086 ft (4,903m)
Ending Elevation: 18,865 ft (5,750m)
Distance Hiked: 1.8 miles (2.9 km)
Approximate Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6:  HIKE FROM THE CRATER CAMP TO THE SUMMIT TO MWEKA HUT CAMP
(Day 5 on Mountain)
After an early breakfast, you will start your ascent to the summit to be at the summit in time for sunrise.  The final ascent is a very tiring 476 feet (145m) before you reach Uhuru Peak, “The Roof of Africa” at 19,341 feet (5,895m).  Once you have celebrated this great accomplishment, you will begin your descent down the mountain hiking through Stella Point to Barafu Hut where you will stop for a short rest and lunch before proceeding down the mountain to Mweka Hut Camp.
Starting Elevation: 18,865 ft (5,715m)
Ending Elevation: 10,171 ft (3,100m)
Distance Hiked: 7.5 miles (9 km)
Approximate Hiking Time: 8-10 hours
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7:  HIKE FROM MWEKA HUT TO THE MWEKA GATE AND RETURN TO ARUSHA
(Day 6 on Mountain)
After Breakfast, you will continue your hike down the mountain arriving at the Mweka Exit Gate. Upon your arrival, you will enjoy lunch and a short award ceremony where you will receive your certificate for successfully climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. You will sadly say good-bye to your climbing crew at this time and meet your driver who will drive you back to Arusha where you will enjoy a nice hot shower and time resting and relaxing.
Starting Elevation: 10,171 ft (3,100m)
Ending Elevation: 5,380 ft (1,640m)
Distance Hiked: 6.5 miles (10 km)
Approximate Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
Overnight: At a lodge in Arusha
Included Meals: Breakfast, and Lunch

Day 8:  BEGIN NEXT DAY ACTIVITIES OR FLY BACK HOME
If you are continuing onto to do safari, you will begin the day per what is on your itinerary.  If you are proceeding onto another destination, you will continue on with those plans, and if you are returning home, depending on your flight time, you may be able to spend some time in Arusha before you catch your flight back home with great memories of a huge accomplishment to share with your family and friends.
Included Meals: Breakfast

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